Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Vision for Copyright in the 21st Century

No matter where you stand on copyright, you probably agree that it’s a confusing and contentious issue. Few people understand copyright and even fewer agree on how strongly it should be applied or enforced in the digital age. This paper offers a clear and sensible vision for copyright in the 21st century. It proposes and demonstrates three features that should be incorporated into each and every work that is copyrighted: Inform, Enable, and Authenticate. These three features make copyright work for all stakeholders in the digital content ecosystem.

The purpose of this paper is to rally content creators, content distributors, and content consumers – along with the industry associations that represent them -- to embrace this vision and to help implement it. The time has come for a unified vision.

Please review the paper and weigh in with your comments.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:21 AM

    Nicely written paper. Makes complete sense. The big question is WHO will run it? This is too big of a model to be controlled by one company or one system. It should work like the system for domain name registration, where there are multiple registrars. There should be multiple "copyright registrars" like ASCAP and BMI in music, and IFFRO members for publishers.